Wednesday, 08 August 2012 15:02

Memphis Man Convicted of Rape of a Child

MEMPHIS, TN – On Friday, August 3rd, 2012, a Shelby County jury convicted James Clay Chesteen, age 49, of rape of a child.
Information at trial revealed Chesteen raped and sexually molested a nine-year-old girl between October 31, 2009 and December 1, 2009. The incident occurred while Chesteen lived with the child’s mother in the Frayser area. Chasteen raped the young girl while her mother was away at work. Eight (8) months later, the child told her step-father about the rape when she went to live with him.
Rape of a child a class “A” felony. Chesteen was sentenced to twenty-five (25) years with no possibility of parole. Chesteen must register with the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry and will be on community supervision for life upon release.
Assistant District Attorney Terre Fratesi of the District Attorney’s Special Victim’s Prosecution Unit prosecuted the case in Division IX of Shelby County Criminal Court. Judge Mark Ward presided.